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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.


Marielle Heller


Phoebe Gloeckner (novel), Marielle Heller (screenplay)
3,043 ( 396)
16 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bel Powley ... Minnie
Willie Willie ... Domino the Cat
Kristen Wiig ... Charlotte
Abby Wait ... Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
Alexander Skarsgård ... Monroe
Miranda Bailey ... Andrea
Carson Mell ... Michael Cocaine
John Parsons ... Burt
Madeleine Waters ... Kimmie
Austin Lyon ... Ricky Wasserman
Quinn Nagle ... Chuck
Davy Clements Davy Clements ... Arnie
Charles Lewis III Charles Lewis III ... Cool English Teacher
David Fine ... Old Hippie
Susannah Rogers ... Aline Kominsky (voice) (as Susannah Schulman)


A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tinilány naplója See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,334, 9 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,477,002, 23 October 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In keeping with the film's theme of sexual liberation in San Francisco, Alexander Skarsgård dressed fully in drag for the film's San Francisco premiere at the Castro Theater. Legendary drag queen Cousin Wonderlette was hosting the premiere, and beforehand was talking about her wigs and her outfit, which made Skarsgard feel suddenly disappointed about simply dressing in a gray suit, so he asked if he could join in the fun and dress up as a woman himself; she said yes. His costume was inspired by Farrah Fawcett, and he has since said that his strict physical regimen for The Legend of Tarzan (2016) was nothing compared to the pain of wearing his high heels for a few hours. See more »


[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »


Mine to Lose
Written by Merida Gorman-Patrick
Performed by Banditas
Courtesy of Hard to Kill Records
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I personally got bored after a while! 3/10
21 February 2016 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I wasn't a big fan of this film! I found it quite boring and the storyline didn't go anywhere. The film is basically about Minnie (Bel Powley), who is sleeping with her mother's boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), and finds it hard to deal with her personal insecurities. As she lost her virginity with Monroe, she starts to explore with sex whilst sneaking around with Monroe behind her mother, Charlotte (Kristen Wiig), back. Apart from that, there isn't much going on that I found that interesting! The acting is quite good and the 70's backdrop, in San Francisco, is done well but I personally didn't find the characters interesting. Minnie gets fed up with pursuing a relationship with Monroe after a while and Monroe feels guilty about sleeping with a teenager, while her mum just seems lost in a world of drugs and alcohol. For people of Minnie's age who are going through there teenage years, I can see the attraction for this movie but I lost interest after the first sexual act between Minnie and Monroe. The relationship between Minnie and her father, Pascal (Christopher Meloni), was quite interesting but the director chose to give most of the screen time to the Minnie, Monroe relationship, with Minnie narrating her feelings throughout the movie. Anyway, I didn't really enjoy it that much but I can see the appeal for other audiences. Disappointing!

Round-Up: England born, Bel Powley, 23, recently starred in A Royal Night Out, as the Queen in her young years, and she starred in a few episodes of Benidorm. She also stars in Equals, alongside Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult and Guy Pearce, so the projects are starting to pick up since her debut in the Whistleblowers, the Bill and M.I. High in 2007. She has a unique style of acting which is intriguing and innocent, and when she starts to get herself together in this film, she shows a powerful side to her character, we're she can take control. Anyway, this is the first major release for director, Marielle Heller, 36, who didn't do a bad job for her first project but it still made a lose at the box office. I'm sure she will gain respect for this movie, from a certain type of audience, because there is a lot of material that many teenagers can relate to but sadly, it just wasn't my cup of tea.   Budget: $2million Worldwide Gross: $1.8million

I recommend this movie to people who are into their romantic/drama's starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Miranda Bailey and Christopher Meloni. 3/10

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